Arthritis is a degenerative condition which can affect pets of any age although is more commonly seen as your pet gets older. It can affect one or more joint and the most commonly affected joints are the hips, knees, shoulders and elbows. Most of these joints depend on a layer of cartilage acting as a cushion between two bones. Arthritis causes this cushion to deteriorate, resulting in the bones rubbing against each other, leading to discomfort and reduced mobility.

Arthritis can cause a significant amount of pain in your animal leading to reduced mobility, change in bahevaiour and poor quality of life.

Common signs of arthritis include:

  • Reluctance to walk, climb stairs, jump or play
  • Limping/lameness
  • Pain or stiffness when getting up or down
  • Yelping when touched
  • A change in personality (aggression when normally good-natured, dull/depressed)

If you suspect your pet may be suffering from some arthritis, we recommend a consultation with one of out veterinarians to have your pet assessed. Together we can create a management plan to help increase your pet’s quality of life and improve their comfort.

This plan will focus on four key areas:

  1. Weight management
  2. Exercise management
  3. Home environment changes
  4. Veterinary treatments and medications

If you feel your pet may have any of the symptoms mentioned above or if you have any further questions, please call us on 02 6281 0990 and speak with one of our friendly nurses to organise an appointment.

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